Understanding the Odyssey

Understanding the Odyssey

A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historic Documents

Book - 2003
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Insightful essays and primary documents situate The Odyssey within historical, cultural, and mythological contexts, and examine contemporary applications.
For thousands of years, The Odyssey has resonated throughout the Western world. Homer has been an original source of inspiration to writers, painters, sculptors, and filmmakers, as well as a vital source of information about the mythology, history, and culture of ancient Greece. This casebook uniquely blends commentary and primary documents, situating the epic within historical contexts that are important for students to understand.

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This scholarly resource blends modern commentary with excerpts from classical sources to help students understand the historical framework of The Odyssey . Topical chapters help students make connections with mythology, geography, archeology, and class issues relevant to Homer's epic tale. In addition to excerpts from Plato, Thucydides, and Bulfinch, the book includes references to government documents and newspapers, relating The Odyssey's themes to current events such as the September 11th attacks. The authors have contributed other volumes for the "literature in context series," on classics including The Crucible and The Grapes of Wrath . Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Offers a literary analysis of Homer's "Odyssey" and provides excerpts from classical and scholarly resources to help place the work in its historical context.

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2003
ISBN: 9780313308819
Characteristics: xvii, 224 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Johnson, Vernon E. (Vernon Elso), 1921-

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